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About this D'Arcy Spice Apple tree

Owner: Dave

Location:  Spokane, WA, United States


Visiting: By arrangement

Age: Planted in about 2011
Soil characteristics at this location: Sandy, rather acidic 
Climate at this location: Low humidity, considerable snow, hot summers.
Pruning: Little needed for some years.
Age of this tree: Less than 5 years
Tree form: Central leader (widest at bottom)
Height: Between 6ft / 2m and 15ft / 4m
Cropping: Light crops
Growth characteristics: This tree grows easily here
Herbicides: Organic treatments
Pesticides: Organic treatments
Main local pests: Codling moth, held in check with ducks and Footies.


Owner's comments

(I had to mark one year as its age at planting, but it had not lived a year yet.) This tree began life as a bench graft (by Greenmantle, in CA) planted in Spring 2011. I chose Bud118 as root stock because D'Arcy Spice is a weak grower, although reputed to be a really tough tree. First year growth less than a foot. No problems with aphids when first leafed out. It about doubled in height the second year; slow but sure. Second year produced three branches at less than a foot from the graft; will prune March of '13 to encourage single growth for another year, at the least. Although D'Arcy is slow growing and will be the lightest cropper among my fruit trees, it may well prove a treasure, for conditions here seem conducive to produce the spiciness for which it is named.

Season records for this tree

Season Blossom date Picking date / Yield Size Season notes
2013
0kg / 0lbs
Canker: Not present
Scab: Not present
Mildew: Not present
Fireblight: Not present
Cedar-apple rust: Not present
Woolly aphid: Not present
Codling moth: Not present
2012
0kg / 0lbs 1.0m / 3.3ft high

Canker: Not present
Scab: Not present
Mildew: Not present
Fireblight: Not present
Cedar-apple rust: Not present
Woolly aphid: Not present
Codling moth: Not present
Normal spring, no bloom on this cultivar: too young. Developed several branches in the first foot of height; pruned them before growth began for '13 season.
2011
0kg / 0lbs
Canker: Not present
Scab: Not present
Mildew: Not present
Fireblight: Not present
Cedar-apple rust: Not present
Woolly aphid: Not present
Codling moth: Not present
Just planted benchgraft, on Budagovsky118.
2010

2009

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